Another episode of the ABC-TV sitcom "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet". This episode aired 9 November 1960, and is complete with original commercials and plugs. In this episode, Ricky's girlfriend misses several dates to secretly make him a sweater. As he thinks she has lost interest in him, he gets a new girlfriend, who also knits a sweater for him.
August 21, 2014 Subject:
Historical Background of the Ozzie and Harriet Show
“The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” is an American family sitcom comedy series that aired at 8pm Friday nights on ABC. It is also known as TV’s longest running live-action comedy. The production companies involved in the show were Stage Five Productions, Volcano Productions, and ABC Productions. Each show is 25 minutes long and the camera setup is single camera. The series ran from October 1952 to March 1966. It consisted of 14 seasons and 425 episodes. This show is about an ideal nuclear American family during the 1940-50s. The family consists of Ozzie and Harriet, the father and mother and their two sons, David and Ricky. The Nelson family’s storyline is of everyday conflicts or problems that would be solved by the end of each episode.
In this particular episode Ricky notices that the girls at school were knitting scarfs, sweaters and other articles of clothing for their boyfriends. Therefore, Ricky asks Joyce, a girl he is dating at the time to make him a sweater. Joyce decides to make him a sweater as a surprise and spends all her spare time working on it. In the meantime, Ricky goes on several dates with another girl because he thought Joyce didn’t like him anymore since she claimed to be too busy to go out with him. Then, both girls, Joyce and Mary, knit a sweater for Ricky and he faces the dilemma of constantly changing sweaters to avoid the girls seeing that he’s not wearing the sweater they knit for him.
Before the sitcom aired, Ozzie developed a comedy film called “Here Comes the Nelsons”. The film played in theaters while they were on a break from the radio shows and it also represented the pilot of the sitcom series. Additionally, to capture the sitcom on television and to ensure longevity, Ozzie convinced ABC to agree to a ten-year contract that would pay them even if the series were cancelled. As a result, “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” was the first prime time series in American television history to reach a ten-year milestone.
The sitcom was produced, directed and written by Ozzie Nelson. His career started after he dropped out of law school to create a band called the Ozzie Nelson Band. The band later evolved into an orchestra. The orchestra included a girl named Harriet Hilliard who would later change her name to Harriet. Harriet and Ozzie married while working in the orchestra and later would have two sons David and Ricky. By the early 1940s, Ozzie and Harriet became regulars on the Red Skelton’s radio show, which led to Ozzie directing and producing his own radio show in 1944, “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.” When the television series aired they still had the radio program running each week. The combined run of the radio and TV series was twenty-two years.
The show was based on the Nelson family’s real life because it featured their actual family and situations that happened to them. There were two outside actors that played his sons on the radio show but then when it turned into a television sitcom his real sons were casted for the program. Another way the Nelson family represented their personal lives was that they structured the set’s interior to look similar to their own home and used exterior shots of their actual home. Interestingly, Ozzie was known to be very different from him onscreen persona who was a workaholic and authoritarian father who monitored his sons childhoods and forced them to be in the entertainment business. Both his sons grew up to be successful in the entertainment industry. Ricky became a teen idol singer and David became a director and producer like his father. (mas/110)
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August 5, 2012 Subject:
A Sweater for Rick.
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.
Season 9, episode 7.
Otiginal air date: 9 November 1960.
Cast: Ozzie Nelson (Ozzie), Harriet Nelson (Harriet),David Nelson (Dave), Ricky Nelson (Rick)
Roberta Shore (Joyce), Skip Young (Wally Dipple), Linda Evanstad (Mary Carter), Ted Budney (Zeke), Sharon Hillyer (Carol), Karl Kindberg (Dink), Mike Hibler (Stretch Benson) and Stanley Farrar (Professor).
Anita Bryant appears in this episode`s featured Coca-Cola commercials.
August 5, 2009 Subject:
I Uploaded This
This is a fairly decent episode of "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet", though the ending feels rushed.
Along with the show itself, this recording includes:
A Coca-Cola commercial with a homophobic singer;
A 2nd Coca-Cola commercial with that female singer (who luckily for us, doesn't get to express any actual opinions and sings the jingle very well);
Some barely noticable product placement (blink and you'll miss it);
A Kodak commercial;
A 3rd commercial for Coca-Cola (with the ever lovely Harriet Nelson);
and a fairly mediocre ABC-TV Ident.
I really do recommend watching this, the writing is pretty decent.
EDIT: I'll also note that my computer keyboard is barely working, hence any spelling mistakes.
Also, this episode's rushed-ending actually is quite good, though it's obvious the writers had trouble endng this storyline.
Ricky was something of a teen idol at the time, it's easy to se why.
Now, if you excuse me, there is an evil businessman I have to defeat...